They urge universities to guarantee mixed-class environments

University Higher Education Director General Elvis Solís reported that in order to return to face-to-face events at universities, they must first demonstrate their installed and sufficient capacity with biosafety measures.

According to a bulletin, the Ministry of Education decided to enable blended learning in classes at Bolivian universities so as not to lose the practical component of every career.

Solís explained that careers in the health sector must be 70 percent practical and 30 percent theoretical, using the example of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture (Unesco); Engineering professions 60 or 40 percent and the humanities will theoretically cover up to 80 percent with virtual or distance learning.

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“We have tried to guarantee the entire practical part so that we have a graduation profile according to the curricula that we as the ministry approve,” he said in an interview with the ATB.

He also stated that universities must ensure adequate biosafety environments for return to classrooms, workshops or laboratories.

He announced that he would meet with the members of the National Association of Private Universities (Anup) in the next few days to see a little more practice and to ensure a stronger presence in the academic field.

The Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS) in Cochabamba announced the return to blended classes in four faculties by the end of the month.

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